Newsletter: Senate Committee Invites Social Media Platforms For Hearing & Google Bans Android Apps On Fire OS

Newsletter: Senate Committee Invites Social Media Platforms For Hearing & Google Bans Android Apps On Fire OS

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS ARE BETWEEN DEVIL AND THE DEEP SEA

THE STORY

Senate committee summons social media giants Twitter, Facebook, and Google after data mishandling news floats.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

With the news of mishandling of data and violation of human rights accusation, social media platforms are surrounded by debacles. Now another cyclone is coming towards these giants, as the Congressional Committee has called upon CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google. So now Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai will have to mark their presence for a hearing on data privacy.

The inquiry Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold on April 10.

When asked, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley stated that the committee has called Mark Zuckerberg to talk about the company’s future plans concerning the protection and monitoring of consumer data.

The trial will cover some of the major concerns raised by various organizations and people around the world. It is going to be about privacy standards for the collection, retention, and distribution of consumer data for commercial use.

According to a media statement, “It will also examine how such data may be misused or improperly transferred and what steps companies like Facebook can take to better protect the personal information of users and ensure more transparency in the process.”

Grassley also told that why the committee has invited the other two companies’ CEOs. The committee wants to talk about what would be their future plans to respect consumers’ privacy and providing the sense of satisfaction while maintaining incentives for innovation.

WHAT THE COMMITTEE HAS TO SAY?

Grassley said, “I celebrate the success of Facebook, Google & Twitter; but with their power comes responsibility that they must acknowledge. This isn’t a Russia problem. If we value civic discourse and fair elections, they have to step up and answer to more than their shareholders.”

Senator Ed Markey used the Facebook fiasco as an example of “why we cannot rely on corporations” to guard themselves.

Markey further added, “We need laws that prevent corporations from abusing Americans privacy rights.”

Keeping and maintaining the backend Facebook data has helped US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to track immigrants.

Congressman Bobby L Rush has established a law under which now Facebook and other companies which collect data including the personal information would need FTC to issue regulations on how to work on and secure the information collected.

AS WE PREDICTED, WILL IT MARK AN END OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA ERA?

Looks like the end is nigh, as a numerous fiasco and debacles have shaken the faith of people in the social media platform. People running a campaign on deleting the Facebook account. An NGO accusing Twitter of violating women’s human rights and there is much more.

The outrage has gone to the next level and the companies have been called to hearing for discussing the data privacy issues and the company’s future plans to avoid these loopholes.

Either the companies have to work on the data privacy issues to provide consumer satisfaction or it could be the end of all.


AMAZON FIRE OS WILL NOT HAVE ANDROID APPS NOW

THE STORY

Amazon will be hit as Google bans uncertified devices.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Google’s move is going to hit all the Amazon Fire tablets and streaming TV sticks. The IT giant is now blocking installation of all its own first-party Android Apps on uncertified devices.

The Android devices those that have passed Google’s compatibility and certification tests will not be affected by the change. However, other devices which have unofficial forked versions of Android will suffer.

Now, Amazon will not be able to download Google apps so which means no access to Google Play Store. Earlier accessing Google Play Store on Amazon devices was a child’s play. The base OS works as Google’s version of Android and after paying they could use official Android apps on these devices.

WHY GOOGLE TOOK THE STEP?

Given the history between the two companies, Amazon and Google have been in a feud since forever. Now, it is hurting both the companies and customers using the products. It all began when Amazon refused to sell Google products in 2015 in order to promote its own product and then Google banned YouTube on Echo Fire devices.

However, to burn the bridge, Amazon stated that it will start selling Chromecast devices on Amazon website but turns out, it was a hollow promise.

Now, Google has a comeback, and this time it’s a strong one. Amazon’s Fire OS models Kindle Fire tablets, Fire TV and other Fire products. All these devices run on a forked version of Google’s Android and which lets them have an easy access to Google’s library of Android apps. Now, it is not going to happen.

HOW IS IT GOING TO WORK?

From now on, Google will check if the device is certified, for the device operating system whose manufacturing date is March 16, 2018, or newer. The method is based on Android’s SafetyNet system, which is sadly not a part of Fire OS devices. So, when your Fire OS device gets an update, official Google apps will not be compatible.

Although, the third-party apps which are already installed on Fire OS will work, the Store will not work.

Only workaround would be rooting your Fire OS device, use third-party apps to disguise and use Google apps. Another alternative could be using another app store to get the apps but nothing can replace Google Play.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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